The Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats founders are:
Toby Franks has been doing Trap-Neuter-Return for over 10 years and has TNRed over 750 Feral Cats. Toby serves on the Board of Directors for Spay Neuter Ohio, is the Feral Cat Program Coordinator for One of a Kind Pet, is a member of the Alley Cat Allies Feral Friend Network and is a past Clinic Director for One of a Kind Pet S/N Clinic. Toby is the recipient of the HSUS Community Cat Hero Award 2013 and the Alley Cat Allies Hometown Hero 2013.
Dan Spehar holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Animal Policy and Advocacy. Since 2013 he has conducted research on TNR and Community Cats. He recently completed an extensive study, utilizing stakeholder interviews, which examined Collaborative Efforts of Non-Lethal Unowned Cat Management in the State of Ohio. Dan is long-time animal advocate and currently serves as a Senior District Leader Volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. He has been a practitioner of TNR for over 14 years. Dan lives in the Cleveland area with his wife and eleven cats (nine of whom formerly lived in community cat colonies).
Additional Members of the Board of Directors:
Tabitha Kucera has been a registered veterinary technician for over seven years and volunteers with a number of organizations. While gaining experience in the veterinary field and in rescue work, Tabitha began to notice behavioral patterns in cats, specifically community cats, that caused her alarm. She decided to learn all that she could about feline behavior and physiology in order to educate others. Tabitha has experience in lecturing on community cats, TNR, and feline behavior. She offers consulting for people experiencing behavioral issues with their cats through her business Chirrups and Chatter. She has earned both fear-free and low-stress certification and is a member of Alley Cat Allies Feral Friends Network.